Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother Alex skips NCAA to prepare for NBA Draft in Europe
Alex Antetokounmpo, the youngest brother of Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, will opt to play in Europe to prepare for the NBA draft and forego the NCAA, according to Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.com.
Alex Antetokounmpo intends to skip NCAA and turn pro in Europe, while he prepares for the NBA draft pic.twitter.com/IjAIKiJtQ3
— Varlas Nikos (@nikosvarlas) May 9, 2020
Alex and Giannis’ older brother, Thanasis, also plays for the Bucks. Another older brother of Alex’s in Kostas is a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I have decided to play in Europe” Antetokounmpo explained. “I want to become a pro as soon as possible. I was born and raised in Europe, I know European basketball and the best thing for me would be to sign a contract with a European club. I will have to train and compete against grown men, I will experience strong competition and pressure and I will evolve on every level”.
Alex graduated from Dominican High School and received offers to play college ball from UW-Milwaukee and Ohio. He was a two-time First Team All-State selection for the Knights, averaging 20 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 2019-20.
“I believe in myself and I also know that I can greatly improve basketball-wise on every level. I am sure that my decision to play in Europe is the best choice. It will really help me in my plan to prepare myself in the best possible way. So, when I feel ready to take the next step, I will be totally prepared for the NBA,” Antetokounmpo said.
Alex Antetokounmpo grew up in Greece before moving to Wisconsin during Giannis’ rookie season. He will be eligible to enter the NBA draft in 2021.